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    Keywords: EXPRESSION ; Germany ; IN-VIVO ; PATHWAY ; PATHWAYS ; VIVO ; PROTEIN ; FAMILY ; DOMAIN ; BINDING ; ASSAY ; PLASMA ; PLASMA-MEMBRANE ; DEGRADATION ; INVOLVEMENT ; KINASE-C ; DOMAINS ; INTERCELLULAR COMMUNICATION ; CARDIAC MYOCYTES ; ASSAYS ; in vivo ; PROLINE ; JUNCTION ; connexin ; EPITHELIAL NA+ CHANNEL ; GAMMA-ENAC ; gap junction ; GAP-JUNCTION PROTEIN ; PY motif ; ubiquitylation ; WW DOMAINS
    Abstract: Connexin43 is degraded by the proteasomal as well as the lysosomal pathway with ubiquitin playing a role in both degradation pathways. So far, no ubiquitin protein ligase has been identified for any of the connexins. By using pull-down assays, here we show binding of a ubiquitin protein ligase, Nedd4, to the C-terminus of connexin43. This observation was confirmed in vivo by coimmunoprecipitation and immunofluorescence, showing colocalization of Nedd4 and connexin43. Binding of Nedd4 to its interaction partners is generally carried out by its WW domains. Our results indicate that the interaction with connexin43 occurs through all three WW domains of Nedd4. Furthermore, whereas WW1 and WW2 domains mainly interact with the unphosphorylated form of connexin43, WW3 binds phosphorylated and unphosphorylated forms equally. In addition, using the surface plasmon resonance approach we show that only the WW2 domain binds to the PY motif located at the C-terminus of connexin43. Suppression of Nedd4 expression with siRNA resulted in an accumulation of gap junction plaques at the plasma membrane, suggesting an involvement of the ubiquitin protein ligase Nedd4 in gap junction internalization
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16931598
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